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Dr. Toy's   100 Best Toys   of   2018


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Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.AnimoodlesAnimoodlesAE   CO   CP   FP   OP   PL   TY   UN   3y - 12y$25.00N/
2.Aurora WorldLittle Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5in & Swaddle 18inNO   PL   TR   0 - 6m$
3.Banana PandaMatch the Baby PuzzlesBG   CO   ES   PZ   TY   18m - 3y$
4.b. dazzle, inc.Cupcakes Scramble Squares® PuzzleCP   ES   MA   NO   PZ   TR   TY   4y - 12y$
5.E-Blox, Inc.Circuit Blox 115 Project SetCO   ES   8y - 12y$
6.Green Toys Inc.Tide Pool Bath SetBA   EC   ES   GN   PT   SR   TY   6m - 12y$
7.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Stove SetAE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   3y - 12y$39.95(480)
8.NSI International, Inc.FUZZY WUBBLEAE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC   4y - 12y$
9.ReadySetzReadySetz Space Base PlaysetAE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   UN   3y - 12y$
10.SharinglandSharingland Cardboard Playhouse SetsAE   CO   CS   DH   ES   FP   TY   3y - 8y$

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Gifts   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Bobby Susser Music GroupGreen LightAE   AT   ML   MM   TC   2y - 8y$
2.D&L CompanyJunior Glow Stomp RocketAE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY   3y - 12y$
3.Hansa Creation USAGiraffe MediumAE   AS   HM   PL   SR   TY   3y - 12y$
4.Heroes Will RiseRigamajig JuniorAE   CO   EQ   ES   MA   SC   WT   5y - 12y$
5.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks-30-piece setCO   ES   TY   WT   3y - 5y$
6.Laser PegsMars RocketAE   CO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC   7y - 12y$
7.Maple Landmark WoodcraftRainmaker RattleEC   GN   OR   SR   TY   WT   0 - 2y$
8.SmartFelt ToysMy Little HouseAE   ES   FP   LA   TY   UN   2y - 5y$34.99(818)
9.TeknikioActivating OrigamiAC   CO   CP   ES   MA   UN   8y - 12y$
10.Turing TumbleTuring TumbleBG   CO   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SC   TY   8y - 12y$

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Educational Products   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.CooperativeGames.comThe Baby Beluga GameBG   CT   EC   ES   GE   GG   GN   SC   SR   UN   3y - 10y$
2.Golden Bell StudiosKeys to Capitals Board GameBG   ES   GE   GG   SR   7y - 12y$
3.Griddly Games, Inc.Just Add SugarCP   CR   EC   ES   SR   8y - 12y$
4.KellytoySquishmallowsAE   AS   FP   PL   TY   UN   0 - 12y$
5.Looney LabsPyramid ArcadeAE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA   TR   UN   8y - 12y$
6.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Robo SpiderCO   EL   ES   FP   HO   SC   TC   UN   8y - 12y$
7.OWI KitOWI-MSK618 Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic RobotAE   CO   CP   EC   ES   GN   HM   HO   OP   SC   SR   8y - 12y$
8.SmartLab ToysTiny ScienceCP   EQ   ES   SC   UN   8y - 14y$19.99+1 425 822
9.Square PandaSquare Panda Home EditionAT   EG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MM   SW   TC   2y - 8y$
10.WhistlefritzThe French CollectionAT   CT   ES   LA   ML   MM   SR   TC   2y - 7y$

Message from Dr Toy

As a natural, ongoing part of our work as parents, teachers, early childhood specialists, and others involved with children at home or elsewhere, we observe children at play. With our eyes we see what works...and what doesn't hold up under tough testing -- the normal barrage of active, inquisitive, and resourceful babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children.

This guide is offered to complement your observations and to help you in selecting the right products to enhance your child's play and learning.

We make buying decisions based on lasting play value and product applicability to find a good balance of children's active, creative, and educational experiences that range from the basics to today's technology.

We can depend on the durability and versatility of such items as blocks, construction toys, games, dolls, puppets, and transportation toys. They stimulate the imagination, engage the player, have value, and hold up over time.

We apply these standards to all the play product choices we make. We often hear consumers describe their experience of making a purchase, but shortly after giving little Annie or Danny the product it falls apart -- a frustrating and often expensive experience. Products that do not meet safety standards can be dangerous and cause harm to children. We want to avoid these problems and as always strive for excellence.

Dr. Toy spent a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of varied products created by manufacturers and designers the world over. We make sure the final selections match the extensive criteria for excellence. Certainly age grading, name recognition, company dependability, versatility of design, and place of purchase are factors to obtain the right product.

Another aspect you can depend on is a warranty. Rising costs for products require everyone to be wise consumers to get lasting value. Durable products, properly designed and developmentally correct, are worth the money. Children's positive reactions are worth our care in selection.

Dr. Toy utilizes a comprehensive set of objective criteria to evaluate toys and children's products.

Some Basic questions are:

  • Is this product affordable and worth the price?
  • Does it have lasting "play value"?
  • Is it appropriate?
  • Is it fun?
  • Does it meet safety standards?

Dr. Toy is pleased to again have the opportunity to share over 56 years of play, toy, and educational experiences with parents, teachers, and other consumers to assist them in their own selection process to match the child's age and interests.

This timely report, since 1992, features information about l00 wonderful new educational and developmentally appropriate toys, games, and children's products from large and small companies. The toys and products selected meet our high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.

Dr. Toy wants to remind parents and teachers, "Let's not forget that play is children's work." It is also essential for well-being at any age and should be actively practiced, respected, and understood by all adults.

We should be thinking: What products or 'tools for play' can we obtain to provide wholesome experiences for our children (and ourselves) and provide plenty of positive and meaningful playful learning interactions.

Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, in its expanded 4th Edition, written for parents, teachers and others who care about children, is available in toy and book stores and online.

Dr. Toy invites consumers to take time for play, expand diverse product experiences, and ask questions about toys and products to companies and retailers.

Following are Dr. Toy's 100 Best Award-Winning Toys, Games, and Children's Products and their companies grouped in categories of "smart" play. You can find out more about each product by the assigned codes that designate types of products and by visiting websites and stores.

Have a playful, safe, and healthy rest of the year. Continue to play together for all the beneficial, positive, and right reasons!

Let's Play!

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